Church Makes You Healthier!

A broad-based 2005-6 study among a wide range of people discovered “that those who attended church weekly or more regularly had a 32 percent reduction in mortality.”

Then there was a 2006 study of British teenagers. It “found that religious observance lowered youth’s risk of developing a meningitis -like disease just as much as a vaccination did.”

Wonder what church all these folks were attending? 😉

I need to remember these facts the next time I preach on Hebrews 10:25 and church attendance!

But really, should this surprise us? Think about what is at the root of so much that ails us- stress, hyper-tension, discontentment, etc. God does prescribe an amazingly healthy spiritual diet that medicates these problems.

Just one text- Philippians 4: 4-9 if followed goes along way to rid our lives of worry and stress.  That peace of God which transcends all understanding which will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus is priceless heavenly medicine.

I am not a believer in the “health and wealth gospel”, but I do find these studies extremely interesting and I am convinced that God’s peace is more powerful then Satan’s chaos.

So go to church! It will make you feel better.

It will make your preacher feel better too!  

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8 Responses to Church Makes You Healthier!

  1. J D says:

    This is akin to the research that relieved us all when it was suggested that cancer was cured, except for those who swallow saliva constantly in small quantities.

  2. dannydodd says:

    JD your cynicism is showing.

  3. Donna says:

    and if the church is stealing your peace??

    I know that is the way it SHOULD be…. I guess I am waxing cynical with JD

  4. preacherman says:

    Danny,
    I wonder if this would be a good approach to those who have quit attending church? Great post as always brother.
    I hope you have a blessed Sunday.

  5. benoverby says:

    Interesting. I wonder if this doesn’t have something to do with “community.” Since we’re made in God’s image, and God’s a Community, we are more like our true self when we are part of a community. Which leads me to the next question. I wonder if Muslems and Jews wouldn’t feel the same way (and perhaps they were included in the survey). I’m sure they would feel the same way. Which means, we can be happier than most even without Jesus. Tut, tut. Our gospel is that one’s life can change radically, and that following Jesus ought to lead us to the expectation that we will trade superficial happiness for a deeper, eternal condition of the heart—i.e., joy. Jesus said take up your cross. Not a pretty picture. Paul said that we’re coheirs . . . if we suffer with Him.

    To quote Casting Crowns, “Are happy, plastic people?”

    Or are we willing to suffer in order to be real?

  6. dannydodd says:

    Ben, from the article I quoted for this post, community was a significant factor but not just any community- a community of shared faith.

    The article did not pursue the happiness factor- only the benefits to overall health, but of course they are related.

  7. Trey says:

    This is good stuff. Keep preaching!

  8. benoverby says:

    oops, I totally missed the point didn’t I? I’m a dork.

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